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Shop locally this season
Monday was unofficially labeled “Cyber Monday’’ as a way for online
business to reap a bigger share of rewards from the Christmas shopping
dollar. It’s an online version of “Black Friday,’’ which has become an
institution for on-site sales and the official kickoff of the Christmas
shopping season. Here’s hoping that local folks didn’t blow their
Christmas spending allowance at out-of-area retailers Monday. Local
businesses need and depend on those dollars.
Every year The Observer stresses the importance of shopping locally. Our local businesses’ ability to keep their doors open really does depend on folks walking through those doors and doing business. But never has the need for the message been more important.
With a lot of people out of work and nearly everyone experiencing some kind of cutback in this recession, our retailers have been feeling the economic crunch for more than a year. It is becoming more and more difficult for merchants to keep their doors open. Some have succumbed. We all need to make a commitment to try to do as much of our shopping as we can right here in Union and Wallowa counties.
Our region doesn’t have the big box stores that are available in regional retail centers like the
Tri-Cities, Boise and Portland. But our local businesses — including those in Wallowa County — offer quite a selection of goods and specialty items. Take a stroll and check out the businesses in each of our communities. If you haven’t done that lately, you’ll be surprised at what you can find. Not only great products, but a lot of friendly, customer-service-
oriented shopkeepers, too.
Let’s all do our part to make this a brighter Christmas season for everyone. Please make an effort to shop locally.